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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Downingtown STEM Academy is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Downingtown, PA. It has 819 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 95% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

Downingtown STEM Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
95%
Percent Proficient - Math
95%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1350
312 responses
Average ACT
30
88 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$61,417
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,123
National
$949
Median Home Value
$227,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
87%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 44 responses
  • Powderpuff
    30%
  • Cam-A-Thon
    27%
  • Cupcake Wars
    16%
  • Homecoming
    9%
  • Movie Nights
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    7%
  • Winter Dance
    2%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
819
Free or Reduced Lunch
3%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,666
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.4%
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.18 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.18 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.18 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$16,571/ year
National
$12,239
94%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.18 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.18 responses
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My experience at Downingtown STEM Academy was amazing. This high school was different compared to other high schools as there were no cliques/divide and we are all a tight knit community.

I applied to Downingtown STEM Academy because I was interested in pursuing a career in the STEM Field. STEM Academy managed to open my eyes to exploring different career options other than STEM and it sparked my passion towards business and computer science. '

Since STEM Academy follows the IB Diploma Route, that was another reason I loved that place. I enjoyed the idea of having a CAS project in which students took leadership to work on a month long project regarding Creativity, Activity and Service.

Lastly along with the academics I loved the activities and clubs available at STEM. Fun activities we did included Homecoming, Mr. STEM, Powderpuff, Cupcake Wars, Spirit Week and so many more. Fun clubs at our school include DECA, FBLA, Red Cross Club and so many more!
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Overall my experience at STEM was amazing! The majority of the teachers there truly care about the students and their education, and pride themselves on providing a unique approach to teaching compared to regular, non-magnet high schools. The small number of students enrolled there gives the school a close knit feel that helps everyone be closer. I can honestly say that it was unlike any other high school experience, which I can judge not only off of just seeing the way STEM is different but by having siblings who attended the regular district high school (East). The IB program is very challenging, but the supportive environment makes it possible to succeed, and it looks great for colleges. The only downfall is you cant pad your GPA by taking AP or community college courses, and if youre an athlete, you'll have to travel to your home school every day just to get to practice. But I'd say it's worth it!
Downingtown STEM Academy was truly a gift. However, every gift must be earned, and STEM made me pay with time and sleep. It is true that STEM has a rigorous curriculum that is similar to a 4-year college program, and students feel constant stress and anxiety over upcoming tests and assignments, but this is not the most prominent aspect of STEM. At STEM, since there are fewer students and the students per teacher ratio is smaller than most schools, students are not only able to help each other out, but build a support system amongst themselves and their teachers. This allows everyone to understand how stressed students might be feeling. Not only do the students have the support and sympathy of their peers and teachers, but there are numerous activities at Downingtown STEM Academy for students! This includes Cupcake Wars, Camathon, as well as the wide variety of student-run afterschool clubs. Downingtown STEM Academy was the most thrilling challenge I could ever ask for.